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Free Admits Surprise at Move to Guard

Longtime tackle Doug Free was move to guard a little over two weeks ago



    It’s looking like Doug Free is at right guard to stay, and the veteran tackle admits the team’s decision to move him over came as a bit of surprise.

    “I was slightly surprised, but I’m willing to do whatever it takes to make this team better,” Free said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I think I’ve proved that before, and I’ll prove it again.”

    Indeed. Free played left tackle for a season before the team drafted Tyron Smith, then the two switched spots in Smith’s second season. Then, toward the end of 2012, Free platooned with Jermey Parnell at right tackle--where Parnell figures to stay if Free does stay put at guard.

    “He’s a pro, and whatever we’ve asked him to do, he just goes and does,” head coach Jason Garrett said. “Play the left side, play the right side, play inside, and he goes to work and he tries to do his best. He’s always done that. I think he’s made the environment better as well. He’s got such a good attitude about anything we ask him to do and just goes to work. I think that’s infectious and contagious throughout your team.”

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